China on Sunday launched a broadside against the US Indo-Pacific Strategy ahead of the summit in Quad leaders in Japan and say it is “bound to fail” as it is strongly promoted by Washington to “contain” Beijing.
The “Indo-Pacific Strategy” is causing more and more vigilance and concern in international communities, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said when asked about the Indo-Pacific strategy at his joint press conference with Pakistani Prime Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.
This was Bilawal’s maiden visit to China after he took over as foreign minister after the fall of the Imran Khan-led government last month.
The US “Indo-Pacific Strategy” is bound to be a failed strategy, Wang said in the comments posted by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on its website.
His comments came before Quad summit to be held in Tokyo on May 24, attended by US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his colleagues from Japan and Australia.
China refers to the area as the Asia-Pacific region and is averse to the Indo-Pacific strategic concept, which has gained prominence during the tenure of former US President Donald Trump and is heavily pursued by his successor Joe Biden.
The Asia-Pacific should become a plateau for peaceful development rather than a geopolitical arena. Attempts to turn the Asia-Pacific into a bloc, NATO or the Cold War, will never succeed, Wang said.
That Quad grouping of USA, Japan, India and Australia focused on free and open Indo-Pacific, while Beijing compares it to ‘Asian NATO’ aiming to limit its progress.
The United States, India and several other world powers have spoken of the need to ensure a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific in the wake of China’s growing military maneuver in the resource-rich region.
China claims almost the entire disputed South China Sea, although Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea. China also has territorial disputes with Japan in the East China Sea.
Wang said the Indo-Pacific strategy “boiled up” by the United States in the name of “freedom and openness” is intent on forming “cliques”. China claims that the group intends to “change China’s surrounding environment”. Its purpose is to constrain China and make the Asia-Pacific countries serve as “peasants” for American hegemony, Wang said.
What is particularly dangerous is for the United States to throw off its disguise, provoke and play the cards “Taiwan” and “South China Sea,” he said.
“Try to destroy other regions and then also destroy the Asia-Pacific region. Facts will prove that the so-called ‘Indo-Pacific Strategy’ is basically a strategy to create division, encourage confrontation and undermine peace,” he said.
“No matter how much it is packed or disguised, it will inevitably fail in the end. The people of this region should tell the United States that the outdated Cold War scenario should never be repeated in Asia, and the unrest and war that is taking place in the world should never happen in this region, “he said.
Wang said the Indo-Pacific concept not only seeks to erase the name “Asia-Pacific” and the effective regional cooperation architecture in the region, but also seeks to obliterate the results and momentum of peaceful development created by countries’ concerted efforts. in the region over recent decades.
He said the Asia-Pacific region has fresh memories of conflicts and confrontations dominated by hegemony and now pursues national stability and happiness.
There is a general reluctance among the Asia-Pacific countries to take sides. The prevailing voice is that all countries should live in harmony and pursue win-win cooperation, he said.
The current trend in the Asia-Pacific region is to promote regional integration and build an Asia-Pacific community with a common future, he said.
In the face of turbulence and change in the world, the region has maintained general peace and stability. Asia was the first to break out of the shadow of the epidemic, with GDP growth reaching 6.3 percent in 2021. This has not come easily, thanks to solidarity between the Asia-Pacific countries and the hard work of its people, Wang said.
Wang also attacked the “Indo-Pacific Economic Framework” (IPEF), to be launched by Biden in Tokyo on the sidelines of the Quad Summit.
China, like the countries in the region, is happy to see initiatives that help strengthen regional cooperation. But it opposes the plot to create a divided confrontation, Wang said.
“First of all, we need to draw a big question mark and see through the hidden plot behind it,” he said.
First, free trade should be promoted and protectionism in disguise should not be pursued, he said.
Asia is very receptive to globalization and free trade. The region has achieved outstanding results. In accordance with WTO rules, the parties have established the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Agreement, launched the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and established a platform for regional cooperation with ASEAN at its core, he said.
China has strongly promoted the liberalization and facilitation of regional trade and investment. The United States, on the other hand, has opposed free trade by resorting to protectionism and withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Wang said.
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